Takeaways: Week 6

Takeaways: Week 6


‘Almost Pumping’ short film
If you haven’t watched it yet, you’re missing out. Isaac Chadwick’s short film ‘Almost Pumping’ is a 16-minute fever dream of surf, as Chaddy and his mates tackle the waves of Indonesia, describing “multiple fuck arounds and a few hectic injuries”. It’s freely available to watch on Youtube, and you can also check out Hugh’s interview with Chaddy in the first issue of Critic this year (technically something to read, but give’s a fuck).


‘Student Rags’ Substack
Former Editor Fox Meyer has started a weekly(ish) newsletter round-up of what the student magazines around the motu have been up to. He says the newsletter will be highlighting the top news stories, current trends, and cultural commentaries you might not have time to read on your own – if you even were aware other unis had mags (spoiler: Critic is better). You can subscribe to the newsletter by searching it up on Substack.


DJ Padre Guilherme’s music on Spotify
Here’s one in honour of Easter weekend. The Portuguese priest Guilherme Peixoto goes by the stage name DJ Padre Guilherme after getting into music during lockdown, and his tracks go way harder than they should. Apparently, the Pope blessed his headphones. He plays to bring joy to people’s lives, he told one journalist, saying, “And people seem happy when they see a priest playing music online.” Amen.


Thursdays in Black hui
Thursdays in Black (TiB) are hosting a hui to open discussions about sexual harm on campus this Wednesday April 10 from 6:30-9pm in the Union Common Room. The hui will feature speakers from the Uni’s SMART (Sexual Misconduct Action Response Team) and Te Whare Tāwharau. It’s open to anyone to go (there’ll be free kai). The team says that they hope to learn from the student body where the most urgent needs are regarding this issue, and there will be separate safe spaces available for anyone to step out as needed.


The BDS movement
Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement of South Africa, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement that challenges economic support for the state of Israel who are perpetuating mass violence against Palestine. You can support the movement through the boycotting of Israel-related companies and products. Since BDS is a tactic of grassroots protest, not a centralised organisation, the criteria for boycotting can change. For some, Macca’s and Starbucks are among those listed. There’s a bit to unpack here, so have a search yourself if you’re interested in showing your support.


Yucking someone’s yum
We learned this phrase from Shit You Should Care About, and it’s golden. Also probably something that Critic needs to keep in mind from time to time. Don’t yuck someone’s yum. If your friend is expressing their love of an artist, or a new hobby they’ve picked up, or even something as small as a shitty little sticker on the back of their phone, you’re a dick if you criticise it. People should be able to enjoy things without fear of judgement. 

This article first appeared in Issue 6, 2024.
Posted 9:49pm Friday 5th April 2024 by Critic.